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Death of 7-year-old Girl in CBP Custody

Another Tragic Incident Exemplifying the Glaring Need for CBP Detention Overhaul and Robust Structures of Accountability and Transparency We now know her name: Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) disclosed that a “A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: “Will this be the death that leads to a thorough investigation and some genuine accountability?”

The following is a reaction from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, regarding the tragic death of a 7-year old girl in Customs and Border Protection custody: The tragic and preventable death of an innocent seven-year old girl should not be seen as a mistake made in an otherwise humane system, but rather a … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Rep. Pramila Jayapal & Laurene Powell Jobs Pen Powerful Must Read Pieces on Immigration

“The question is not, ‘Who are they?’ The question is, ‘Who are we?’” Two thought leaders, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) — a leading progressive in the House of Representatives and immigration expert — and Laurene Powell Jobs — a leading philanthropist and advocate for fair immigration policies — are out with must reads. In an … Continue reading »

60 Minutes Report Recaps Horrifying Details of Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Over Thanksgiving weekend, 60 Minutes aired a searing report on Donald Trump’s family separation policy, which has separated thousands of children from their families and is still ongoing. Entitled “The chaos behind Donald Trump’s policy of family separation at the border”, the segment found that the Administration lied about the aim of the policy and … Continue reading »

Say What? DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Says the U.S. Government Won’t Shoot Immigrants “Right Now.”

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, regarding Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s statement that the administration has no plans to shoot immigrant seeking asylum “right now.” Yes, we’ve come to that. The head of DHS is leaving open the possibility of state-sponsored violence directed at innocent people fleeing violence and … Continue reading »

Washington Post Editorial: “Trump’s latest anti-immigrant gambit: Family separation 2.0”

The Washington Post editorial board denounced the Trump administration’s evident plans to restart the immoral practice of taking children from their parents at the border. The Washington Post editorial is excerpted below and available in full here: The September numbers have triggered alarms in Washington, and rightly so; it is in no one’s interest — … Continue reading »

The Cruelty, Incompetence and Cynicism of Trump’s Border Strategy

“Like just about everything else in Donald Trump’s career, his immigration strategy is a bankrupt mess” As President Trump tries to whip up a frenzy over border security, immigration and asylum policy, here are three key points to keep in mind: Trump and the GOP own this problem, and they have failed. Trump and Republicans … Continue reading »

Bloomberg Editorial: Still Dodging the Truth on Migrant Children

“Who will be held accountable?” Bloomberg’s editorial board published a scorching new opinion piece denouncing the Trump administration cruelty, depravity and lack of accountability regarding its zero tolerance policy that results in children being ripped from the arms of their parents at the border. Excerpts of the editorial are below, and is available online here: … Continue reading »

Trump to Restart Family Separations Fiasco? It Would Be Cruel and Inhumane – and a Political Blunder

The Trump administration is talking openly about restarting one of the darkest chapters in recent American history.  As Politico’s Ted Hesson notes: The Trump administration is considering ways to deter a soaring number of families arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border — including once again separating parents and children. In preparing the ground for such cruelty, … Continue reading »

“This Can Never Happen Again” — Stories of Children Separated from Family Underscore Trump Administration’s Cruelty and Incompetence

 A new report from Amnesty International assesses that the Trump Administration’s family separation policy split apart 6,000 family members during the months of April through August — double the number put forward by the government. In addition, a series of powerful articles bring to light the story of individual children traumatized by the Trump Administration’s … Continue reading »